FS Forbin moored in Istanbul. Photo: Serhat Güvenç. Used with permission.
We are having a distinguished guest since 7 July 2015. The French Horizon class destroyer D-620 FS Forbin is in Istanbul. Although she is classified as anti-air frigate she is to be considered as a destroyer.
The visit of FS Forbin is the first visit of a Horizon class warship in Istanbul ever. Her sister D-621 FS Chevalier Paul was in Marmaris two years ago.
The visit of FS Forbin is not a routing port visit just to show the flag and establish good relationships. The ship needed resupply and maintenance.
The supply chain of FS Forbin. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.
Working on the aft SPN 735 surface radar. The radar is not accessible from inside the ship. Two sailors are working on the radar while the crane operator is clearly bored.
The Horizon class ships have two navigation and surface surveillance radars. The forward one is atop of the bridge and the aft one is on the mast that supports the SMART-L radar. It is not possible for the crew to access the aft radar from inside the ship. There are no hatches or stairs. Thus a crane was hired in Istanbul to allow two sailors to perform maintenance or repair work on the aft MM/SPN-753 navigation and surface surveillance radar. So this means there is no way to repair this radar underway. I find the decision to place that radar to an inaccessible place very strange.
The on board helicopter is an AS-565 Panther with tail number 519. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.
Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.
The hangar of the ship looks very spacious. The ship accommodate larger helicopters such as NH90, than the currently on board AS-535 Panther.
Interestingly the funnels and the masts of the Horizon class are not symmetrical.
Sagem NGDS multi function decoy launcher. Photo: Alper Böler. Used with permission.
Below are more photos of important sensors and weapons of the ship.
2 Oto Melara 76mm Super Rapid guns. The side by side configuration is not usual.
A top of the middle mast is the Sagem EOMS NG optronic system. It rotates approximately 60 times a minute.
Thales S-1850M long range air and surface search radar a variant of SMART-L radar
DCNS Contralto-V anti-torpedo decoy launchers.
GIAT 20mm F2 gun.
Alenia Marconi NA 25 XP fire control system for the OTO Melera guns.
The front mast. From top to down: Alenia Marconi SPY-790 EMPAR surveillance and fire control radar, sensors for ESM system, Alenia Marconi NA 25 XP fire control system, Thales C&S Surfsat-L SATCOM antenna for Syracuse satellite service, jammer of SIGEN EW Suite, 2 FURNO navigation radars and the fore SPN 735 surface search radar.
Atop of the bridge: Jammer of SIGEN EW Suite, 2 FURNO navigation radars and MM/SPN-753 navigation and surface surveillance radar plus a number of unidentified sensors.
Sylver A-50 VLS launcher for Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles seems to be well protected from the sea.